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Thu, Nov 28 | CLOSED

The Walt Disney Family Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

However, we will be open our normal hours on Friday, November 29. Have a wonderful holiday! 

May 16, 2019–Jan 6, 2020
Members Preview Night: Wed, May 15 | 6–8:45pm
Celebrate animation’s most beloved and recognizable character with this original exhibition. Explore Mickey’s influence on art and entertainment over the past nine decades and the story of his origin, rise to fame, and enduring world-wide appeal.
Films
July | Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri | 2pm

Mickey and Minnie Mouse have entertained audiences for the past ninety years. This month we are showcasing a compilation of various Mickey and Minnie shorts that highlight the breadth of their illustrious careers.

Workshops
Sat, Sep 21 | 10:30am–1:30pm

In this workshop, learn about the natural world and its inhabitants as you practice drawing zoo animals from live reference. Study the proportion, movement, texture, and gesture-drawing techniques used to gain a sense of an animal’s anatomy while breathing life into your sketches.

Special Events
Sun, Aug 4 | 9am–2pm
On Family Access Day, the museum invites children with disabilities and children with special health care needs to enjoy the galleries, free-of-charge, with their friends and families.
Workshops
Sat, Aug 10 | 1–2:30pm

One of the most memorable sequences in Disney animation history involves the magical transformation of Cinderella’s ragged dress into a beautiful, twinkling ballgown. In this workshop, learn more about the classic film Cinderella (1950), as featured in Gallery 7, and learn to use elements of

Workshops
Sat, Jul 27 | 1–2:30pm

Learn more about the South American tour and Victory Through Air Power in Gallery 6, and then join us to create your own animation of a soaring plane, using timing and spacing to chart its path through the sky.

Workshops
Sat, Jul 13 | 1–2:30pm

In 1941, a little flying elephant charmed the world in Dumbo. While making the film, animators were challenged with animating flight in a way that looked not only whimsical, but believable. We invite you to read about the production of Dumbo in Gallery 6, then join us in learning how to use timing,

Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon & 1–3pm
During this two-hour workshop, students learn about the innovation of synchronized sound and are challenged to match their animations with an exciting soundtrack of their own design. Students also experiment with a mini Multiplane Camera, explore how depth is created in animation, and create their
Field Trips
Mon, Wed, Thu, & Fri | 10am–noon and 1–3pm
Limited time only: September 4, 2019 to January 6, 2020
Students take a tour of our newest special exhibition, Mickey Mouse: From Walt to the World, with gallery activities and group discussions centered around one-of-a-kind Mickey artworks and objects. In the Learning Center, students bring to life their own animated characters using a Crankie box
Films
August | Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri: 2pm | Sat & Sun: 1pm & 4pm
No 1pm & 4pm screenings Saturday, August 17

This month, we invite you to take a trip down the rabbit hole with us. Alice in Wonderland offers a whimsical tale of Alice’s enchanted encounters with the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, and many more quirky characters. Featuring the voice talents of Bill Thompson, Ed Wynn,

Films
September | Sat & Sun: 1pm & 4 pm
No 1pm screening Saturday, September 14 & 28

This month, we are screening two Academy Award ®-winners from Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures series. First, explore the world of Alaskan wildlife in Seal Island (1949), directed by Disney Legend James Algar. Then, be sure to stick around for Ben Sharpsteen’s Water Birds (1952) and experience the

Posted on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 17:13
Former Disney artist Willie Ito was 5 years old when he was taken to a neighborhood theater to see Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Two years later, returning to San Francisco from a weekend family outing to Santa Cruz, “There were armed soldiers stopping some of the cars,” as Ito remembers. The United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan that morning.
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:18

In late 1919, Walt Disney returned from his voluntary Red Cross service in post-World War I France. An independent eighteen-year-old, he’d resettled in Kansas City, Missouri and attempted to establish a career in illustration, graphic design, and cartooning. However, within a year’s time, a different art form caught his attention. 

Posted on Tue, 06/25/2019 - 11:31
Alice’s Wonderland—the last film Walt Disney made in Kansas City, Missouri—depicts the animated adventures of a true-to-life young girl in a make-believe world. In the original 1923 short film, Alice arrives by train in “Cartoonland.” A large welcoming committee of animated animal characters greets her with excitement and adoration. Walt’s subsequent arrival in Hollywood, also by train, was a bit humbler.